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Alethea has commented on (11) products.

Iberia by James A Michener

Alethea, October 23, 2008

In addition to being an interesting take on Spain, I thought this book provided great insight into how Michener constructed most of his sweeping, historical novels.
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The Great Man by Kate Christensen
The Great Man

Alethea, September 22, 2008

Honestly, the "art world" always blows my mind - I just don't get it. Nevertheless, this novel was as much about the inner and sexual lives of older women, and as such, was a treat. I hope that's me in 40 years!
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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
All the King's Men

Alethea, September 14, 2008

A poetic 1920s/30s political tale involving . . . "the common folk" vs. "the elite"; the press working to dig up skeletons in the closet; a teenage pregnancy scandal involving the governor's child . . .

Truly, there is nothing new under the sun.
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The Mercy Rule by Perri Klass
The Mercy Rule

Alethea, August 21, 2008

This character-driven novel gives a fascinating insight into somoe of the inner workings of the foster system. It manages to show the futility of "the system" without being too much of a downer. The characters are incredibly well drawn. So much so that when they would appear on the scene never to reappear, I'd be wanting them to come back.
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The Great Brain (Great Brain #1) by John D. Fitzgerald and Mercer Mayer
The Great Brain (Great Brain #1)

Alethea, August 20, 2008

I've been randomly re-reading books from my childhood, and this was as enjoyable as any. It always amazes me what I missed when I was 10. The book takes place in turn of the (20th) century Utah, and there are all sorts of very subtle Morman vs. non-Morman tensions, and even a pretty serious chapter about the death of an old Jewish man. And to think, all I remembered about this book were the intricate con games of "The Great Brain" (which upon reading as an adult, really aren't that intricate at all).
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